A carjacking Tuesday led to a high-speed police chase that ended with the stolen car crashing into a tree and splitting in half.
The driver had to be cut out of the stolen 1993 Honda Accord. He was taken to Tacoma General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said a Lakewood Fire Department spokesman.
The incident began about 10:45 a.m. when the man offered to help a person who was stopped with car trouble. Once the car started running, the man asked for a ride, according to police.
As they drove down 112th Street, the man pulled out a knife and ordered the victim out of the car, police spokesman Chris Lawler said.
A Lakewood patrol officer spotted the Honda at state Route 512 and South Tacoma Way. A chase ensued at speeds up to 70 mph. The driver lost control in the 3900 block of 100th Street Southwest, hit a curb and cartwheeled into a tree, splitting the car in two, Lawler said.